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Fairlead Below Bumper ?

Discussion in 'Winches' started by Bowbender, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. Mar 12, 2019
    jeepermc

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    I would have left it. On top of the frame rails is the classic 8274 mount for a Jeep anyways. On 31's and 33's I'd hit the roller fairlead that was on mine on obstacles before anything else hit. Yours will be lower yet. I don't know how you use the Jeep, so mounting it below the bumper may work for you, but with any off roading planned, you will likely have to learn to "drive around" your low hanging plow of a winch mount. Does the jeep get hot with the winch mounted like it is? I can understand why you'd want to keep the Tux bumper, but if you're taking the Jeep off road, the chance of damaging a rare part like that is pretty high. Why not build a new bumper that bolts on with a fairlead in the middle of the bumper and save the Tux bumper from risk of damage? And if it isn't going off road, does it really need a winch at all?

    Behind that Air Locker sticker is a hole to access the top mounting bolt of the winch.
     

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  2. Mar 14, 2019
    Bowbender

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    I just completed welding up the mounts today. Still need paint and final install.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Clearance may be an issue, but at this point, I'm going to go with it and see. I plan on mostly trail running/ logging roads type use. I'll avoid the deep mud holes and big rock piles if I can. The winch may be put to work pulling firewood at times.
    The bumper is part of the Tux package, so I'm keeping it on there. It isn't in real great shape, so it won't be a tragedy if it gets damaged. I'll try to avoid wrecking it, but I intend to use the Jeep.
     
  3. Mar 14, 2019
    ITLKSEZ

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    Looks great!
     
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  4. Mar 14, 2019
    Bowbender

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    I'll probably put a little fab info and a few more pics in my build thread.
     
  5. Mar 15, 2019
    jeepermc

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    Nice job!
     
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  6. Mar 16, 2019 at 10:21 AM
    FinoCJ

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    Looks like you kept the tow bar and got the fairlead mounted at the same height to keep as much clearance and approach angle as possible. Good work!
     
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  7. Mar 16, 2019 at 10:54 AM
    oldtime

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    Here's the last winch that I worked on.

    Progress pics of Scotties Jeep ......

    Now for a top view of installed winch:
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    Next the Koenig fairlead is installed using the same bumper mount bolts.
    This winch has a special LH gear that allows it to spool cable onto the bottom of drum.
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    Here you can easily see how low this particular winch sets.
    Low mounting will enhance its usefulness during self extractions.
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    The ground clearance for the lower winch and fairlead are ideal.
    The relatively narrow drum and fairlead will allow drum to spool cable more neatly during side ling pulls.
    [​IMG]
     
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  8. Mar 16, 2019 at 11:54 AM
    Bowbender

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    I tucked it up under the bumper as tight as I could. I'm just below the shackles with the bottom of the mount. It may save my tie rod if happen to find a stump or rock with it. I will be making a new tow bar to match up with the new mounts / pull points. I think it will be easier than re-working the tow bar I have now.
     
  9. Mar 17, 2019 at 10:15 AM
    melvinm

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    Looks like it sets to low ?
     
  10. Mar 17, 2019 at 10:38 AM
    Bowbender

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    I guess time will tell....It's all bolt-on, so if it becomes a problem, I'll take it off and try again.
     
  11. Mar 18, 2019 at 4:47 PM
    jeeper50

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    So that's what y'a'll when it's snowing outside! Seriously they look great and bet they work fine I need to get off my arse and get busy too!
     
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